Japan aiming to regain top spot in Samoa

The National,Thursday June 30th, 2016

JAPAN’S women’s cricket team are heading to Samoa in high spirits for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier East Asia-Pacific, with the goal of going one better than their second-place finish two years ago.
Having won the tournament in 2010 and 2012, Japan lost a tight final to Papua New Guinea in 2014 but are aiming to go back to the top this year.
Despite the retirement of several senior players in 2014, there remains a lot of experience within the group alongside a handful of fresh faces. Japan have taken a new approach to coaching this year, with a variety of coaches coming from Australia to work with the players.
Lachlan Stevens (Victoria Bushrangers, Melbourne Renegades) ran a 10-day camp in May, while Nicole Martin visited earlier this month and will coach the team in Samoa.
Martin said: “This is a great group of girls who really want to do well.
“I hope we can replicate the good work in training when we get out in the middle.”